Suspect killed by police after allegedly aiming gun at officers - WKRN News 2

Suspect shot, killed by police after allegedly aiming gun at officers

Posted: Updated: March 22, 2014 09:23 AM
Aaron Smith Jr., 51, of Franklin, was shot and killed in the West End area Friday evening. Aaron Smith Jr., 51, of Franklin, was shot and killed in the West End area Friday evening.
The vehicle Smith allegedly carjacked and left inside a West End Avenue parking garage. The vehicle Smith allegedly carjacked and left inside a West End Avenue parking garage.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A suspected burglar was shot and killed in the West End area of Nashville Friday evening after police say he directed a gun toward officers.

Aaron Smith Jr., 51, of Franklin, was fatally wounded around 6 p.m. near 24th Avenue North and Elliston Place.

According to police, the incident began earlier in the evening at American Motor Sports on 8th Avenue South where credit cards stolen in a March 13 burglary in Smyrna had been used.

A detective was en route to the business when he learned Smith was there earlier in the day and planned to return.

Once Smith arrived, the detective approached him and a face mask fell from his clothing.  The officer then grabbed Smith by the jacket, who allegedly responded by raising a pistol with a laser site inches from the officer's head.

The officer backed away and Smith fled on foot.

He is accused of then carjacking a 43-year-old woman at gunpoint at the intersection of 8th Avenue South and South Street.
 
Officers were able to use a cell phone left inside the car to track Smith's movement for an hour with the additional aid of a helicopter.

He eventually abandoned the car in a parking garage behind Chili's on West End Avenue, out of the helicopter's sight.

Police say Smith then fled on foot as authorities flooded the surrounding area.
 
Smith was spotted by witnesses running through the strip shopping center across the street on Elliston Place with his gun aimed at his head.

When police caught up to him, Smith allegedly aimed his gun at officers while standing on the sidewalk in front of the businesses.

Five officers opened fire, killing Smith.

The Metro Nashville Police Department identified the officers as Officer Josh Reece, a five-year veteran; Detective Michael Gooch, a 13-year veteran; Officer Shawn Rosson, a two-year veteran; Officer Clyde Stambaugh, who graduated from the MNPD academy on March 6; and Officer Dustin Tidwell, who graduated from the MNPD academy last November.

Authorities stated the officers are on routine administrative assignment while the investigation continues.
 
Smith was reportedly a parolee with multiple criminal convictions on his record, including one for armed robbery.  As of Friday, he also had outstanding warrants in Nashville for felony evading arrest and vehicle burglary.

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